Schumacher sorry for Hamilton block

Michael Schumacher apologised for spoiling Lewis Hamilton’s lap at the end of second practice this morning.

Schumacher said:

Regarding Lewis, I must apologise as I did not see him and was not informed that he was there. As I was planning my lap at that moment and looking ahead, I was unfortunately in his way.
Michael Schumacher

Hamilton described it as a “small misunderstanding”, saying:

It?s always difficult to find a gap out there. I saw him ahead of me and I thought he was on a quick lap ?ǣ then, all of a sudden, he slowed down to create a gap from the guy in front.

Around here, it?s all about managing the gap between the guy in front and the guy behind. Fortunately, I missed him, so no hard feelings ?ǣ and I hear he apologised anyway, so it?s all good. There?s no problem.
Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton caught Schumacher at the final turn and had to swerve left to avoid hitting the W01. Schumacher had slowed having caught another car at the end of his lap.

At the end of his first day driving on the Valencia Street Circuit Schumacher feels he can go quicker around the track:

It was exciting to drive the track for the first time today, probably even to a bigger extent than I had anticipated yesterday after checking it. So this morning for me was mostly about getting a feeling for the track. You need to get used to it but I found it quite comfortable to drive even if some of the corners are blind. However it’s demanding to get the real rhythm which I have not totally found over one lap yet.
Michael Schumacher

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18 comments on Schumacher sorry for Hamilton block

  1. George said on 25th June 2010, 17:29

    Surprising to hear Schumi apologise first, especially as he didn’t seem to do anything wrong as far as I could see.

    • KNF said on 25th June 2010, 18:22

      What’s surprising is the fact that Schumacher apologized for something in the first place, he never apologizes for anything he does to another driver… What’s next, him becoming a mobile chicane?

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 26th June 2010, 9:28

        Maybe after getting down on all those who critisized him for his Canada driving he felt it would be a good move to apologize for something, this way he can point out he is fair!

        But your right on this being pretty much out of character for Schumi.

  2. linksysblue said on 25th June 2010, 18:33

    thanks KNF, u’ve shown the World’s still in order

  3. Todfod said on 25th June 2010, 20:25

    Looks like Schumi finally learnt some manners…. off the track manners that is. ;)

  4. bananaman said on 25th June 2010, 23:44

    “…[A]nd I hear he apologised anyway” – so the apology wasn’t direct but only via the media?

  5. Grace said on 26th June 2010, 0:09

    Well, now he is on a roll….

    Now apologise for Adelaide 94, Jerez 97, and what about Monaco 06 while you are at it.

    -edit-

    HOLY CRAP!!! A pig has just fell through the roof of my house!! Perhaps he can apologise for that as well! :)

    • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 26th June 2010, 1:38

      I hear he’s calling a press conference on the Middle East as we speak…

    • KNF said on 26th June 2010, 3:40

      He needs to apologize for Austria 01 and 02, and also Indy 05 as well… ;)

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 26th June 2010, 4:21

        The Austrias were team orders, not Schumacher’s. Emphasis on team. ;)

        And for Indy 05, you should clearly be asking Michelin for an apology. Nothing Schumacher could have done about a French company’s faulty tyres. ;)

        • fordsrule (@fordsrule) said on 26th June 2010, 4:50

          Schumacher could have told the team no, it was pretty obvious what happened, and Indy 05 was michelin fault but Ferrari could have agreed to make changes like every other team did.

          • Macca (@macca) said on 26th June 2010, 9:07

            Schumacher could have told the team no

            If you where in a Ferrari and told that you where being allowed to pass for the win, I doubt you would say no.

            and Indy 05 was michelin fault but Ferrari could have agreed to make changes like every other team did.

            Exactly, Ferrari could have agreed, the decision had nothing to do with Schumacher.

          • Macca (@macca) said on 26th June 2010, 9:08

            Ok those quote blocks didn’t work, Sorry.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 26th June 2010, 14:17

            It’s a shame the quotes didn’t work, but I agree that Schumacher wasn’t to blame at all for either.

  6. Mr. Zing Zang said on 26th June 2010, 2:03

    Scumacher has to show his respect to the Boss (Hamilton):)The only man schumacher apologizes to.

  7. wasiF1 said on 26th June 2010, 2:38

    Schumacher may not be in the top 10 for this race.

  8. Sush Meerkat said on 26th June 2010, 9:16

    Who else is getting bored of Mike the Bike claiming he can go faster at everysingle race?.

    “JA I can go faster”
    *looks at Nico*

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